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AAI Motorsports moves up a gear
Monday, 18 May 2015 07:05

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Motorsport and Taiwan, it does not seem that long ago that it was an unknown combination– but now something quite unique! It was following the success of a first and second place with our team, AAI Motorsports in the Asian Le Mans Series 2014 that we received two invitations from the ACO to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 13th and 14th June. AAI Motorsports wishes to take this on in a highly professional manner and has therefore called upon several drivers who have thorough knowledge of this French endurance race. Xavier Maassen, the Dutch driver, who had already previously claimed a podium in GT1 at Le Mans, is part of this collaboration. In the most important competition of the World Endurance Championship AAI Motorsports will be entering two Porsche 911 GT3 in GTE Am.

Last season in the Asian Le Mans Series, the Asian equivalent of the European Le Mans Series, AAI Motorsports had entered three cars and won the title in GT. It is thanks to this success that the team with two Porsche 911 will be preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans test day on 31st May, but especially for the race itself, to be held during the weekend of 13th and 14th June.

AAI Motorsports is since 1988 an experienced race team based in Taiwan and has achieved successes in various national and international championships, among which the Asian Le Mans Series last season. The team will now for the first time race in Europe, and immediately take on the biggest endurance race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the team’s colours we will see two Porsche in the GTE-Am class. The Porsche 991 GT3 RSR will be manned by Hanchen ‘Morris’ Chen (Taiwan), Gilles Vannelet (FRA) and Mike Parisy (FRA), while the Porsche 997 GT3 RSR will be in the hands of Junsan Chen (Taiwan), Alex Kapadia (GBR) and Xavier Maassen (NDL).

Mister Kakimoto - Team manager AAI Motorsports

“Le Mans is a dream for every motorsport team from any part of the world. With the Asian Le Mans Series we had the opportunity of having a taste of this myth in a highly successful way. The entire race is a sporting challenge with a human and technical aspect, not forgetting an important component that the organisation is and an adventure like no other in the motorsport world. I’m especially proud to be at the start with our team at Le Mans in June, it is the dream of everyone working in our sport.”

Junsan Chen – AAI Motorsports-boss

“Le Mans should allow us to gain experience and to further develop our team, and with among others with the support of the ACO see it definitely grow in the Asian Le Mans Series. We will remain highly attentive every single minute and try to make good use of the expertise gained for the future of AAI Motorsports.”

Xavier Maassen (NDL) – Driver AAI Motorsports

“It is brilliant to see drivers from Taiwan taking the step to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and I’m personally supporting the project 100% .It goes without saying that today it is still not possible to produce a team with three Taiwanese drivers who on top of that need to be bronze, silver and gold or platinum. For that the country at present lacks true motorsport tradition. Our task is to produce and instill the necessary expertise and speed. I’m therefore delighted and truly proud to be back at the start in Le Mans.”

Alex Kapadia (GBR) – Driver AAI Motorsports

“Everything is reasonably open in the LM GTE Am. Our Porsche 911 is a perfect weapon to tackle the long race and together with Xavier and Junsan, I’m determined to fight it out to the last metre for a podium place.”

AAI Motorsports is heading off to Le Mans with several partners, of the commercial, technical and logistical kind. HUB Auto and Buddyclub will be joining in the human and sporting adventure France. In the field of shipping and the import/export of cars HUB Auto is a world player. The company boasts in depth experience in this field and among others won the Supply Chain Partnership Award at the Lloyds Global Freight Awards in 2012. On the other hand Buddyclub is active in motorsport and tuning, offering a wide range of tuning components for a divergent range of cars.

Last but not least for the logistical and technical support AAI Motorsports works with the Belgian ProSpeed Competition team, that over the previous five years has entered one or two Porsche 911 at Le Mans. The Belgian team provides support as and where needed.

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